28 november 2007, 2.00 till 4.00pm @ the queensland college of art, griffith university, 226 grey street, south bank, brisbane

On 28 November, The ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation will be hosting the CCau Music Industry Forum as part of Apple University Consortium’s Create World 2007 conference.

It is designed to provide a forum for the discussion of issues surrounding music licensing in Australia. It will take place from 2.00 till 4.00pm on Wednesday 28 November 2007 at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane.

The digital environment presents new opportunities for musicians and new business models for the distribution of music. Creative Commons licensing in particular has gained considerable favour with content producers world-wide. However the legalities and practicalities of releasing music under these new models can be complicated, particularly when you wish to combine them with more traditional collective licensing options (for further information visit www.creativecommons.org.au/musicinfo).

The CCau Music Industry Forum aims to bring together industry representatives and interested parties to discuss issues such as:

• potential online distribution models for musicians and the music industry;
• compatibility issues with current collective licensing schemes; and
• legal and practical issues relating to the use of Creative Commons licences by Australian songwriters, composers and musicians.

Discussants at the Forum will include:

• Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Project Lead, Creative Commons Australia;
• Scot Morris, Director International Relations, APRA;
• Professor Paul Draper, Director of IMERSD (Intermedia, Music Education & Research Design) and Deputy Director, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University; and
• Q Music

The forum also aims to gather feedback regarding the current understanding of and attitudes towards copyright, open content licensing and Creative Commons within the Australian music industry whilst providing an opportunity for key music industry personnel in to learn more about these topics.

Creative Commons Australia is the Australian arm of the international Creative Commons project, a non-profit organisation that aims to promote flexible copyright options for creators. At the core of the Creative Commons project is a suite of licences, freely available to creators, that foster sharing and collaboration. Creative Commons builds upon the “all rights reserved” of traditional copyright to create a voluntary “some rights reserved” system.

Persons currently involved or interested in the licensing of musical works are welcome to attend. rsvp by friday 23 november 2007 to elliott at [email protected] or call (07) 3138 9597.

image: ventura mendoza, licensed under a creative commons attribution licence 2.0